DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids

Making your own nature paint brushes is easy, fun and free! It will get you and your kids out in the nature and kids will have a blast collecting natural materials - And pine needles make fantastic brushes! 


DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids - Making your own nature paint brushes is easy, fun and free! It will get you and your kids out in the nature and kids will have a blast collecting natural materials - And pine needles make fantastic brushes!
Paintbrushes can be made from a wide variety of different materials, many of which you probably already have in your yard. We used materials from evergreen trees for bristles. Have you ever made a paint brush out of cypress tree leaves? Or spruce needles? Time to make one.



YOU'LL NEED:

  • several twigs
  • string, twine or a piece of raffia
  • materials for bristles (pine needles, spruce needles, cypress foliage, even tree buds, etc)
  • optional: a rubber band
DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids - Making your own nature paint brushes is easy, fun and free! It will get you and your kids out in the nature and kids will have a blast collecting natural materials - And pine needles make fantastic brushes!


HOW-TO make your own nature paint brushes 



First, for those of you who prefer video how-tos, here's a short video slide-show for you:


Now, in words:

1) Gather needles and leaves from trees of your choice - for bristles. Get several sticks that will become paintbrush handles.

2) Distribute the bristle material nicely around the stick and start attaching it by wrapping raffia (or twine) around. 

DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids - Making your own nature paint brushes is easy, fun and free! It will get you and your kids out in the nature and kids will have a blast collecting natural materials - And pine needles make fantastic brushes!

Small children will need assistance with this acitvity. To make it easier, you can use a rubber band to hold the bristle material together while the child wraps raffia around. {For a heavy-duty use, the rubber band alone will not be enough.} Very suitable for times when kids make paint brushes themselves without your help. 


3) Wrap raffia (or twine) several times around the handle and the bristle material, then tie it firmly and cut off any excessive string.

DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids - Making your own nature paint brushes is easy, fun and free! It will get you and your kids out in the nature and kids will have a blast collecting natural materials - And pine needles make fantastic brushes!

4) You've just made your very own brush! Your kids will love the process and you might end up making tons of them!

DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids - Making your own nature paint brushes is easy, fun and free! It will get you and your kids out in the nature and kids will have a blast collecting natural materials - And pine needles make fantastic brushes!

DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids - Making your own nature paint brushes is easy, fun and free! It will get you and your kids out in the nature and kids will have a blast collecting natural materials - And pine needles make fantastic brushes!



Each paintbrush will create a different pattern in the painting. The more different brushes, the more variety in the process. Kids will explore a wide range of different brushstroke effects! Hands-on learning for kids about textures - while having fun!


DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids - Making your own nature paint brushes is easy, fun and free! It will get you and your kids out in the nature and kids will have a blast collecting natural materials - And pine needles make fantastic brushes!

DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids - Making your own nature paint brushes is easy, fun and free! It will get you and your kids out in the nature and kids will have a blast collecting natural materials - And pine needles make fantastic brushes!

BONUS HINT: 

When using bristle materials that will last longer (pine needles won't fall off soon!), you can even store some of DIY paintbrushes for next time! If your kids are at least a bit like mine, they will want to paint with those brushes again and again. All the time! 

DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids - Making your own nature paint brushes is easy, fun and free! It will get you and your kids out in the nature and kids will have a blast collecting natural materials - And pine needles make fantastic brushes!

DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids - Making your own nature paint brushes is easy, fun and free! It will get you and your kids out in the nature and kids will have a blast collecting natural materials - And pine needles make fantastic brushes!


A fun activity encouraging kids to use their imagination and explore textures. Creativity in play! Now get to work and make your own textured paint brushes, it's fun!

DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids - Making your own nature paint brushes is easy, fun and free! It will get you and your kids out in the nature and kids will have a blast collecting natural materials - And pine needles make fantastic brushes!

And a wonderful color mixing activity! If you want to see more about color mixing for kids, you'll probably love this water walking experiment we did a while ago.


DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids - Making your own nature paint brushes is easy, fun and free! It will get you and your kids out in the nature and kids will have a blast collecting natural materials - And pine needles make fantastic brushes!

So easy and so many hours of play!

DIY nature paint brushes, a simple way for kids to use natural materials to make art supplies. Diy paintbrush how-to



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7 comments:

  1. This reminds me of my childhood. I had done so many paint brushes out of leaves when I was young, too. Many of them were usually thrown the next day. Hahaha! It gives me a simple happiness to look back on those funny memories in the past. Thanks for this post.

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  2. I absolutely love this idea, so creative! :-) Hope that life is treating you great!
    Cathy@threekidsandafish

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  3. What a great idea, Damjana. The kids will love this.

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  4. I love this! It would be a great activity for the kids to find their own paintbrush materials!

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